Merry Meet everyone. I hope that you are all well and I continue to pray for Japan and the victims of all the terrible things going on over there. The risk of a nuclear meltdown is very real now and I am praying it doesn’t happen…..would not be good for the entire world for that to happen. I am doing my best to stay positive and not to let it drag me down to the point I can’t help. If I don’t have positive energy, I can’t send it out to the Universe.
So today I am undergoing a very unpleasant day of prep for a medical test tomorrow so I am close to home. Yes, at my age, and some history, I’m having a colonoscopy tomorrow. Nuff said. Ugh. It’s raining and gloomy so I finally took the time to get my Ostara altar completed and wanted to post some pics here for you. I am quite happy with it.
I posted the correspondences for Ostara in a previous post so I’m not going to list them again. I think the items on my altar are pretty easy to understand why they are there, but I’ll talk a little bit about each picture.
Sorry for the pics being a little dark..but well, its raining out and I don’t have a lot of light where my altar is. This is the left side of my altar. As you can see, in the center is my usual working items to represent the elements..they are always there. I have fresh cut tulips, an egg basket, lamb, chick, bunny for obvious reasons. My little goddess my hubby gave me for Yule, cauldron where I will burn my Ostara loose incense, Gaia, and my illuminator and goddess candle. I picked all pastel colored crystals..rose quartz, blue calcite, amethyst, citrine, green flourite..just because I love the way they look 🙂
Right side of Altar… Greenman, god candle, my pentacle and chalice, then I have a bird house and birds nest which speak of Spring to me, A garden faery for the same reason. Another bunny I love..looks like he’s praying to me 🙂 and my altar tools. I wanted to put some seed packs here too but I did that ritual already as I posted a couple of days ago..but that would be a great idea too! 🙂
Sorry agan about the darkness…my altar cloth is pink checked by the way….very soft and Spring-like. I used soft green and pink candles..would have loved to have added some yellow elements but I had a terrible time finding pastel colored candles this year. Was actually told at my local craft store that nobody uses taper candles anymore! LOL..I told them I beg to differ. Oh well, I’m happy with it and it will feel most magickal to me on Ostara night. And I know that you all KNOW there is a Full Moon the eve of Ostara..a SuperMoon actually….so it will be a most magickal weekend! Make the most of it!
Oh yes, I also do a simple altar on my kitchen counter for the Sabbats as well. Here is the one for Ostara I finished today as well. I am wanting to get a potted plant for it but the tulips worked for now. I love the sparkly stones around the candle…so pretty. As I’m in the closet with some family members, this altar is perfectly accepted as an Easter altar 🙂 But I add the crystals which gives it the witchiness I need.
So my altars are ready and I have decided what ritual I’ll be doing as well. Thought I’d post another here for you all..again, I have no idea where I got this as I’ve had it for sometime. It may have come from the internet or it may have come from a book…I’m keeping better track of those things now that I’m blogging, but I didnt’ use to unfortunately. I love this one because it should be done outside! A great one for the full moon and Ostara this year!
Ostara Ritual for Outdoors
Gather the supplies you’ll need:
-Two chalices of wine or water
-Two white candles or pastel if you’d like
-matches or lighter
*Two bowls are necessary if working indoors
Arrange a small altar placing one candle to the left of the altar and one to the right. Place the chalices next to the candles. If working indoors put the two bowls on the floor on each side. Offer prayers of thanks to the Lord and Lady for the blessings of Ostara. Say them out loud being thorough. Then say:
I stand at the center and balanced be,
the change of seasons meets here in me.
From wintertime’s dark and lonely nights,
to summertime’s warm and lively light.
Light both candles:
Now at the center at Ostara am I,
not light or dark to dominate the sky;
but a time of lengthening light and day,
as we pass from balance to summer’s days.
Extinguish one candle to represent the balance of light and dark.
Take the chalice to your right and hold it up, saying:
God of the Sun and Lord of Light,
I honor your spirit in which I delight.
Pour the water or wine onto the ground to your right or into the bowl to be poured onto the ground later. Then take the chalice to your left, hold it up and say:
Goddess of the Earth and of the night,
I honor your spirit as the earth turns light.
Pour the contents of this chalice on the ground to your left or into the bowl.
Spend as much time as you’d like at your altar, speaking with your deities, meditating, praying. When you are ready, extinguish the candle and thank the Lord and Lady. If you performed this ritual inside, take the bowls outside and pour them on the ground as an offering to Mother Earth.
This is a very simple and beautiful ritual that will add beauty to the Sabbat for you. As Spring comes in…whether like a lion or a lamb…honor Mother Earth and her greening. No matter what is going on in the world, one thing is constant. We can count on the turning of the wheel of the year, that Spring will come again after a long, cold, snowy winter. That trees and flowers and grass will bloom and grow, that critters will come out and bask in the Sun and gather food again, that we will shed our heavy winter clothes and head outside to our gardens, porches, picnics, and we too will re-connect with the Earth Mother. And She will re-connect with us. I wish you all a Blessed Full Moon and A Blessed Ostara. May Spring bring you great joy!
Love and Light, Autumn
15 responses to “My Ostara Altar and Ritual……..”
I love love love your Altar Autumn…it is just perfect!! I love this ritual too..simple is always best for me and I am going to use this one for sure as I have everything needed. Best of luck on your procedure tomorrow…I feel very positive and optimistic that you are as perfect as you could be!! Ostara Blessings to you!! )0(
Hi Sis….thank you! I really liked this one too 🙂 So fresh and pretty I think with the pastel colors. The ritual is simple..I’ll do it with you??? Ohio to Canada our bond will fly! 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement too..I’m sure all is well too.
Love you much, Autumn
Thank you once again for sharing your altar and beautiful ritual idea! I love your blog! Your altar truly speaks of the moving of the wheel and the approach of Persephone bringing blooms and growth to this part of the world. Again, thank you for taking your time to be a mentor to me! Blessed be
Hello Dear Angelique..thank you for always commenting and giving me feedback. I really appreciate it. I am humbled you think of me as a mentor..especially since I have learned so much from you my friend.
Much Love, Autumn
So lovely Autumn … : ) … and good luck for tomorrow … : ) ❤ xx
Hi Nancy-ann…thank you much my friend!
Love and hugs, Autumn
I love it would love to know where you got the goddess candle message me . The ritual is perfect and as always your alter is beautiful love the birds nest with eggs too great symbolism!!!!!!!
Hi Kim..thanks so much hun….I will do that about the candle…
I loved the birds nest too..a great find!
Love and Hugs, Autumn
Beautifully done and written! Thank you for sharing with us ~ 🙂
Thank you so much Sandy..I appreciate it 🙂
I love your alter. I have just had my ostara candle and incense that I ordered come today. I cant wait to use them they smell wonderful. Hugs Sara
Thank you so much for this lovely, simple ritual – I plan to do it tomorrow. I’m feeling a little blue because my group ritual was cancelled tonight. We’re having abominable weather and it isn’t safe for anyone to be out! I hope we can reschedule – I know the Goddess doesn’t mind if we’re a little late.
Your altar is beautiful and makes me happy to look at.
Bright Blessing for Ostara and the New Moon-
Oops! Of course, I mean for the full moon!
thank you do much for diciding to write
Oh thank you for letting me know you enjoy it!!